Emma Jean Freeland, age 89, of Alma, MI (formerly of Hastings, MI) passed away on April 21, 2022 at Arbor Grove Assisted Living in Alma, MI.
Emma (known to friends and family as Jean) was born in Hastings on September 9, 1932, the daughter of Tean (Faulkner) and Robert B. Moore. She was born and raised in Hastings, MI and graduated from Hastings High School in 1950. After completing high school, Jean married Edward Joseph Freeland on May 26, 1951. The couple made their home together in Hastings where they raised their three sons during their 48 years of marriage. Throughout their lives together Jean and Ed gave generously of their time not only to their beloved church, but also to the Barry County Historical Society and the Barry Community Foundation. After Ed passed away in 1999 she married Rev. David Nelson on February 28, 2006 in Hastings, MI.
Once her children had grown, Jean continued her education completing her business degree at Davenport College in Grand Rapids, MI. She was employed at the National Bank of Hastings for over 18 years retiring as Assistant Vice President and was highly regarded as a valuable employee and community member.
Jean was known for her sense of humor and love of family, hosting many immediate and extended family gatherings. Jean loved nature, gardening and thoroughly enjoyed watching the birds and other wild animals that she would nurture in the backyard of her home. As a lifelong resident of Hastings, Jean was a mainstay of her graduating class and helped keep her classmates united in friendship, organizing reunions and staying abreast of the needs of her fellow classmates.
Jean was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church of Hastings. She loved her church family and served in many different ministerial capacities including President of the United Methodist Women, Chairperson of the Finance and Worship Committees, Bible Study teacher, member of the Endowment Committee and Church Council as well as Lay Member to the Annual Conference. It was well known throughout the church that if help was needed, she would be there.
She is survived by her children, Edward M. (Gloria) Freeland and Douglas (Amy) Freeland; grandchildren, Lauren (Jeff) Magnatta, Courtney (Erin) Freeland, Kristen Freeland (Chris Hutchison), Jonathan Freeland and Jacob Freeland; 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Shirley Davenport and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward J. Freeland in 1999, Rev. David Nelson in 2022, son David in 1996, brother Robert G. Moore and his wife Rose; sister Joan Moore; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beverly and John (Jack) MacLeod; and brother-in-law Donald L. Davenport.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:30 - 11:00 am prior to the funeral service.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 am at Green Street United Methodist Church, 209 West Green Street, Hastings, MI with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating.
There will be a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral service at Green Street United Methodist Church. Interment will follow the luncheon at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, MI.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Green Street First United Methodist Church, or Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, in Grand Rapids, MI www.phoenix-society.org
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net